IRAN WATCH CANADA

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jafar Panahi the award winning Iranian film director attended among Foulad workers in the city of Ahwaz , where the workers are on their 20+ days of protest .

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Working class movement in Iran is the centre of the people's struggle in Iran Its been more than 20 days the workers in Iran are protesting in the city of Ahwaz and Shooh and now Tehran and many other cities

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Regime Has Accused Esmail Bakhshi On Charges Of Creating Groups Against The National Security ..........All Of The World Know This Is A Lie .....Esmail Bakhshi Is A leading Workers Rights Activist And All He Wanted Was To Stop The Privatization Of The Company .......And Demanding The Unpaid Salary Of The Workers Be Paid Immediately ....


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Today my mom Nasrin Sotoudeh has called from prison and said , she is going to start hunger strike
in support of Mr. Meysami due to his deteriorating health condition . And she has also reported her strike to the prison office and demanded that her request is the fulfillment of Mr. Meysami's demand .
The daughter of Nasrin Sotoudeh


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Students At Tehran University Commemorate Student Day At Tehran University ......Hear Our Voice ......

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Students At University Of Tehran Protest In Solidarity With Workers And Teachers ....And Imprisoned Students , Teachers And Workers ......Police And Security Forces Attacked At Peaceful Student Rally

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Workers At Foulad Steel Company In the City Of Ahwaz In Their 19th Days Of Protest In the Streets Of Ahwaz City ........Chanted: Threats And Prison Isn't Effective Anymore ......

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Hello , I am Sepehri , I am a teacher, today a person called me and said, he is from public prosecutors office , he said , he wanted to see me , i told him , you can see me at ....square , he came and later four person a in a car followed me and they have threatened me and my family ..... IRAN WATCH CANADA : This is a daily activities of the security forces in Iran ....

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Students At Amirkabir Protest In Solidarity With Imprisoned Students , Workers And Teachers ... Students are the children of workers , teachers ....

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The Life Of Sepideh Ghalyan And Esmail Bakhshi Is In Great Danger ....

News coming from Iran indicates that, the life of Sepideh Ghalyan and Esmail Bakhshi and also Ali Nejati is in great danger .

Haft Tapeh workers in a statement request from the all workers of the world and human rights organizations to demand for their release from Islamic regime .

According to news , the families of both Sepideh and Esmail were able to see them and according to them, they were both thin and there were signs of torture on them,  in a way when Spider's mother huge her , she felt pain in her body . They also did not know what was the time or the date .




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Asal Mohammadi An Activist And A Pharmacy Student Of Tehran Azad University Is Arrested....

News from Iran...

according to news Asal Mohammadi a pharmaceutical student of Tehran Azad University is arrested at her house by security agents and was transferred to un unknown location.
Asal Mohammadi has written articles in support of the Haft Tapeh workers .
There are no news on her whereabouts .



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Amirkabir University Students In Solidarity With Workers And Teachers , Demanded For The Release Of Arrested And Detained Workers And Teachers...

News from Iran ....

In Solidarity with workers in Khozestan- Ahwaz  ( Foulad workers  ) and Haft Tapeh workers in the city of Shoosh the students from the university of Amirkabir chanted : We are the children of workers and and we stay with them .

Report also indicate that , the students at Polytechnic University also protested in solidarity with workers and had clashes with Basiji students .

Workers of Foulad from the city of Ahwaz continued their 19th days of protest in the city . In this protest the children of these workers and their families as well as the people joined the protest in solidarity with workers .


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Workers Control The Streets In The City Of Ahwaz And Shooh ....


Workers in " Haft Tapeh " and " Foulad Ahwaz " continue their
strike .
In this picture , workers have gathered in front of the Governor
building
in the city of Shoosh .

The workers demanded to stop privatization of the company
and to return the company to public ownership .



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Thursday, November 22, 2018

For Immediate Release

Iran: Mounting Crackdown on Teachers, Labor Activists
Authorities Arrest Union Leaders, Threaten Strikers 

(Beirut, November 22, 2018) – Iranian authorities have increased targeting of teachers and labor activists in recent weeks for organizing and conducting peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today.

On November 13, 2018, the Council for Coordination among Teachers Unions organized a walkout involving dozens of teachers across Iran to protest their insufficient salaries due to high inflation and poor living conditions. It was the second teacher-organized walkout since September 21, when Iran’s public school year began.

“Iranian authorities are punishing teachers and labor activists for exercising their collective bargaining rights and conducting peaceful protests that are essential freedoms for all workers,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities’ recent talk of ‘national unity and resistance against foreign pressure’ are empty words when they throw educators and labor activists in jail for demanding a fair wage.”

The Telegram channel of the Council for Coordination among Teachers Unions reported that the authorities have arrested at least 12 teachers since November 11 and reportedly summoned and interrogated 30 more. The authorities arrested Hashem Khastar, a prominent Teachers Union member in Mashhad, on November 1, after the first walkout, and held him in a psychiatric hospital until November 19, then released him. Three other prominent members of the teacher’s union are also currently behind bars in Iran.

Iran’s recent crackdown on labor activists has extended to the private sector. On November 18, the Telegram channel of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers' Syndicate reported that authorities arrested all members of the association of labor representatives for the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane company, including two of the group’s prominent leaders, Esmael Bakhshi and Mohsen Armand. On November 20, Mosfata Nazari, the prosecutor of Shoosh County, told reporters that authorities have released 15 labor activistswho were arrested during the protests.

Rasoul Bodaghi, a Teachers Union member who spent seven years in prison from 2009 to 2016 for his peaceful activism, told Human Rights Watch that authorities detained Khastar in the hospital without bringing charges. Sadighe Maleki, Khastar’s wife, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran on October 25 that authorities at the hospital requested permission from the Mashhad’s prosecutor’s office before allowing her to visit.

The government has arrested other teachers in similar circumstances over the years. On April 21, during teacher week in Iran, authorities arrested Mohammad Habibi, a Teachers’ Union member, during a peaceful demonstration. Authorities had initially arrested Habibi on March 3 but had released him on bail a few days later. On August 4, Amir Raeesian, Habibi’s lawyer, told ISNA news agency, that branch 26 of Tehran’s revolutionary court, had sentenced Habibi to seven and a half years in prison for “assembly and collusion to act against national security,” to 18 months in prison for “propaganda against the state,” to 18 months in prison and 74 lashes for “disrupting public order,” and to a 2-year ban from membership in political parties and traveling outside the country.

If the court of appeal upholds the sentence, under article 134 of Iran’s penal code, Habibi will serve seven and a half years.

After a peaceful protest in front of Iran’s parliament in May 2015, authorities arrested and prosecuted two prominent members of the Teachers Union. In 2017, authorities arrested Ismael Abdi, the Teachers Union secretary-general, and Mahmoud Beheshti Langeroudi, the union spokesman, who had both been previously released on bail, to serve their sentences.

Abdi had been sentenced to six years in February 2016, on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion against national security,” partly for a teachers’ demonstration in front of the Parliament. On April 9, 2018, Langroudi’s family told ILNA news agency that a court of appeal had reduced his sentence from 14 years to 5 years. Bodaghi said that Beheshi’s charge also stemmed from planning for the demonstration in front of the parliament. 

Bodaghi said that after his conviction, the Education Ministry expelled him from his teaching job. He filed an appeal after he served his sentence, and on May 30, 2018, he was told that he could only receive financial compensation for his tenure.

On November 18, Gholamreza Shariati, the governor of Khuzistan, told IRNA news agency that four people had been arrested during the Haft Tappeh protests. Labor protesters say that conditions at the 50-year old Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company have deteriorated since its privatization in 2015. In a video a journalist, Mohmmad Mosaed, published on Twitter on September 1, dozen workers say that they have not been paid for several months.

Iran’s labor law does not recognize the right to create labor unions independent of government-sanctioned groups such as the Islamic Labor Council. Since 2005, authorities have repeatedly harassed, summoned, arrested, convicted, and sentenced workers affiliated with independent trade unions.

Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and article 8 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) protect the right to form and join labor unions. Iran is a party to both of these treaties. Iran is a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), but has refused to sign the treaty’s convention 87 on Freedom of Association and the Protection of the Right to Organize and 98 on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining.

“The escalating crackdown against teachers and labor activists follows the same old recipe that authorities have pursued for decades,” Page said. “Rather than empowering unions to act as a bridge between authorities and its members, Iranian authorities suppress any effort at peaceful mobilization.”

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Iran, please visit: 
https://www.hrw.org/middle-east/n-africa/iran

For more information, please contact: 
In Beirut, Tara Sepehri Far (English, Farsi): +1-617-893-0375 (mobile); or sepehrt@hrw.org. Twitter: @sepehrifar
In New York, Michael Page (English): +1-646-299-2448 (mobile); or pagem@hrw.org. Twitter: @MichaelARPage

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